Adrian came to collect his mandola and octave mandolin last
week and here he is, in the workshop, with his new OM. It was a
treat to hear the instruments played as they should be and it was really enjoyable
working with Adrian on his double commission; if you want to see and hear these
instruments in action, try to catch Adrian with his excellent band The Fried Pirates.
I’ve just completed the rosette on Ian’s model 2 guitar.
There’s been a lot of thinking time with this one! The sound hole is oval, so after
some initial design work, I had a dry run on making the recesses for the
rosette and used this as a guide for marking out.
So here’s the story of Ian’s rosette…….
Very happy with this!
Next the sides have to go together and as the shape is
asymmetrical, has a cutaway and there are four side pieces, more careful planning is
Making something as unorthodox as my model 2 shape is quite
intense, so as “light relief” I’ve been prepping the wood for the next two mandolins.
I like to build up a kit of parts, over a period of time and feel that resting
the wood helps to build a stable instrument. Alan’s Standard (plus handmade
tailpiece); this one has a red spruce top and bubinga back and sides.
And David’s Standard Plus; western red cedar top and English
walnut back and sides.
And just in today is a fresh batch of 10 prime red spruce tops from
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